SOG A1Newtimber HillSat 07 October, 2023

Near: Pyecombe
Level of event: Local
Type of event: Race



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Lost Property: A relatively new Silva thumb compass, grey strap, was found in the road. Unfortunately it was damaged beyond repair.


Is a web app for sharing and comparing orienteering routes. You can draw your own route or upload a GPS track from your watch. It also allows you to watch an animated replay with a simulated mass start.

SOG Series Info

SOGs are friendly club events where children and newcomers are very welcome. Yellow and Orange courses are suitable for children to run on their own with a bit of practice. Adults are welcome to shadow children until they are confident to go on their own. Green and Blue courses are run or walked by any age group - you can race competitively or just enjoy the woodland.

There are two series of events - autumn and spring of approximately 8 events each. Electronic timing (SI) is used.

Help on the day always appreciated.

Volunteer here

Enquiries here

Location Info

Nearest town: Pyecombe

* Postcodes are not very precise in some areas, so don't rely on them for an exact location.

Directions / Parking

Arrive at Pyecombe from the A23 or A273. Park on the village road just north of the A23 between the A23 slip-road and Pyecombe village, BN45 7ED. Please be considerate to residents and do not park in or west of the turning area.

Public Transport

Bus service to Pyecombe

Course Information

Blue 5.5km 130m;

Green 4.4km 90m;

Short Green 2.8km 55m;

Orange 2.7km 75m;

Yellow 1.4km 20m

The blue course has steep gradients.

Entry Details

Pre-entry via Newcomers are welcome and eligible for a free trial session - if you'd like to reserve a map or discuss the event please email our membership secretary.

SO members fees: SO Seniors £5.00, SO Juniors free.
Non member fees: Seniors £6.00, Juniors £2.50.

'Dibber' hire:
Electronic punching (SI) chips are available to hire. SIAC (contactless): £2, non-SIAC (not contactless) £1

Registration open

9:45 to 10:45

Start Times

10:00 to 11:00. Courses close at 12:30.

Map Details

1:10000, contours 5m. Partially resurveyed 2020, updated 2023

Terrain Description

A downland hill with open grassland, gorse and ancient woodland managed by the National Trust. It is a SSSI with extensive views of Sussex and to the sea. There are old trackways (the 'Devil's Stairs'), a disused chalk quarry, a restored dew pond and possibly Britain's tallest native tree (beech) at 44m, 200 years old.

Dog restrictions

Keep dogs in sight and close-by; use a lead if they don’t always return when called. Always clean up after your dog. Dogs must be kept on leads where signs indicate livestock are grazing.


Cafes at Saddlescombe Farm, Wayfield Park Farm and a pub in Pyecombe. No facilities at the finish or the download/parking area


From the parking area, where download is situated, cross the A27 on the pedestrian bridge to the south. Climb the hill immediately beyond on the public footpath past Wayfield Farm to the SW, staying on the path between fences. At a path junction, keep right between hedges to a gate. Continue SW along a field boundary to the start/finish area. It is approx. 1km and 100m climb.

Safety Bearing: Climb to top of hill, then NE corner to finish flag.

The area is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders please give them space to pass safely.
Cattle may be out on the area.
Bramble bashers recommended

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Rob Leathley